The Grosvenor Museum was founded in 1885 and its origins are linked to the Chester Society of Natural Science Literature & Art founded by Charles Kingsley in 1871, and to Chester Archaeological Society. The Museum holds an internationally important collection of Roman Stones, found in the City walls in the 19th century. There is also a fine collection of Chester silver, the Art Collection includes modern works. We also have a good natural history collection, including many examples of Victorian taxidermy, geological specimens plus butterflies, insects and birds. There is an interesting 17th century period house attached to the museum with many period roomsets starting in the 17th century.
Closed 24, 25 & 26 December, 1 January & Good Friday
Free. Suggested donation £3 per person.
We run a wide range of activities for children particularly in school holidays. Please note for events involving children - Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times - and in general children should always be accompanied.
Primarily Roman, including an internationally important collection of Roman Stones, and archaeological finds from the surrounding area - the collections also covers Fine Art, Natural History, Local Silver, Period House Room displays & small costume gallery, Timeline gallery. Rolling programme of varying temporary exhibitions.
Weapons and War, Toys and Hobbies, Social History, Personalities, Natural Sciences, Music, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archaeology, Religion, World Cultures, Trade and Commerce
Key artists and exhibits
- Roman Inscribed and Sculpted Stones
- Varied Art Collection - medieval to modern - all mediums
- Extensive Chester Silver collection including Delamere Horn
- Period Room displays from the 16th century onwards in the Period House
- Louise Rayner watercolours - not always on display due to light exposure
- Charles Kingsley - Natural history collections
- Victorian & Edwardian costume
- Agricola lead pig & other Roman artefacts - glass/jewellery/Samian Ware
- Willoughby Gardiner coin collection & other coins, medals & tokens
- Medieval shoes
Poulton - An Archaeological Landscape
- 8 July — 5 November 2017 *on now
Poulton is a small farming hamlet just outside Chester with a fascinating archaeological story to tell. Over the past twenty years, archaeologists from the Poulton Research Project have been uncovering the remains of over 10 000 years of human activity. This exhibition explores the amazing story of the site and uses artefacts found there to tell the story of a Mesolithic camp, a large Iron -Age settlement, Roman activity, a well - used medieval chapel & a World War II airfield.
- Family friendly
Free but suggested donation of £3
Unexpected Elegance: Female fashion from the 1970's
- 8 July 2017 — 7 July 2019 *on now
The 1970's are often called the "decade that taste forgot", but the dresses in this small exhibition show that this was far from true. From minis to midis & maxis, in fabrics ranging from cotton & corduroy to polyester & fake leopard - skin, with designs by Ossie Clark, Givenchy & Zandra Rhodes we celebrate some of the more subtle pleasures of 1970's fashions,
- Family friendly
Free but suggested donation £3
Roman Hoards of Cheshire
- 15 July — 1 October 2017 *on now
This small exhibition features amazing Roman Hoards including the recently discovered Malpas & Frodsham Hoards, on loan from the National Museums Liverpool. Hoards like this help us explore life in this region nearly 2 000 years ago. The coins & jewellery which were buried would have been very valuable. They were hidden for safekeeping, but their owners never returned for them.
- Family friendly
Free Suggested donation £3
- 29 July — 22 October 2017 *on now
For centuries, British painters have excelled in the art of watercolour. Artists today are no less skilled, but have expanded the range of media to include gouache, acrylic & ink as well as pure watercolour. With works both traditional & more innovative in technique & intention, ranging in mood from enchantment & serenity to turbulence & menace, this exhibition demonstrates the continuing vitality of the medium
Free but suggested donation£3
We now have armour which the children can wear whilst on the Roman Soldier guided tours. This gives scope for the imagination and allows the children to feel more involved in the experience.
How to obtain
To obtain further information and to book tours please ring Lorna Kernahan Moore on 01244 972120, Kate Harland on 01244 972066 or Fran Bray on 01244 972089
How to obtain
Ring 01244 972120 and ask for Lorna Kernahan Moore to make a school booking, or for the Education department call 01244 972066 to speak to Kate Harland, or Fran Bray on 01244 972089.
27 Grosvenor Street